Jamestown native and recording artist Amanda Phillips to perform


OCTOBER 22, 2015

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College’s Larry Gatlin School of Entertainment Technology will host a free open house 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 on the High Point Campus, 901 S. Main Street.

Visitors will have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with faculty, learn more about career paths, tour the facilities and experience hands-on demonstrations.


Amanda Phillips.

Throughout the evening, there also will be various presentations and live performances by:

  • 5 p.m.: Johnny Lee Lane, director of education for Remo, Inc. and one of the nation’s foremost college percussion educators will deliver a lecture titled “Practice for Improvement;”
  • 7 p.m.: The GTCC Music Ensemble, comprised of music and Entertainment Technology students, delivering some of today’s favorite songs and showcasing their talent;
  • 8 p.m.: Amanda Phillips, country/rock singer songwriter from Jamestown, N.C. and GTCC Entertainment Tech alum, with special guest artist Christie Maiola, a.k.a Sicilian Kiss.

About the Larry Gatlin School of Entertainment Technology — GTCC’s Larry Gatlin School of Entertainment Technology is the only program of its kind in North Carolina and the Southeast. It serves as a model for institutions nationwide that want to develop a similar program. The school provides students with hands-on education and experience and offers associate degrees in recording engineering, concert sound and lighting, music business, and music performance.

The humble beginnings of the Entertainment Technology program originated in August 2000 with 80 students in the basement of the Business Careers building on the Jamestown Campus. The program’s early facilities included two small recording studios, classrooms and a tiny auditorium with a proscenium stage. Enrollment has since grown to 271 students (2014-2015).

The Larry Gatlin School of Entertainment Technology opened in January 2004 with a $9.25 million facility. Today, the school boasts the Center for Creative and Performing Arts Theatre, a two-story 11,705 square-foot-facility featuring a modified black box stage and theater seating for 82; and two performance venues: a major production studio with seating for an audience of 225 and an outdoor amphitheater accommodating more than 550.

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About Johnny Lee Lane

Johnny-LeeJohnny Lee Lane is director of education for Remo, Inc. and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Lane is one of the nation’s foremost college percussion educators and previously served as professor of music and director of percussion studies at Eastern Illinois University for 28 years (1974-2002). He also spent three years at Indiana University School of Music at IUPUI (2002-2005), and two years at Tennessee State University (1972-1974).  At Eastern, Lane developed one of the finest total percussion programs in the nation and received Faculty Excellence Awards in 1989, 1994 and 1996. His students are college teachers, performers and educators throughout the world.
In the 1980s, Lane toured Germany four times and most recently gave clinics and workshops in South Korea and Japan.  For 13 years, he was the host and founder of the United State Percussion Camp, comprised of more than 300 students and 37 faculty members. Lane also led the 2004 Tournament of Roses Parade, playing the world’s tallest drum.

Lane conducts clinics around the country for Zildjian, Remo Drum Company, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets and Dynasty USA. He is the co-author of “Four Mallet Independence for Marimba” and “Rudimental Snare Drum Grooves.” Lane received the PAS Lifetime Achievement in Education Award at the 2007 International Percussive Arts Society Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

About Amanda Phillips

Amanda Phillips is a country/rock, singer/songwriter from Jamestown, N.C. At 11 years old she began studying artists such as Janis Joplin and Reba McEntire, to name a few. Throughout her teenage years Amanda also became involved in martial arts, where she also was noticed for her singing in the gym. That led to her obtaining a black belt and to singing the National Anthem before promoted boxing matches.

After graduating high school, Amanda took on her childhood dream of becoming a recording artist. She earned an associate degree in live performance/ technology from Guilford Technical Community College’s Larry Gatlin School of Entertainment Technology. Before she graduated college, she began toured the continental U.S. and Virgin Islands with the band Sound Express of Kernersville, N.C.

In 2005, Amanda moved to Nashville, Tenn., where she joined NSAI and became affiliated with BMI. She also began performing at open mic nights, songwriters’ conventions, events and singing in several bands. Amanda is known for her powerful delivery, style, lyrics and diversity in all genres.

New to Atlanta, Ga. in 2012, Amanda was the first country artist to win the artist development competition, “Who’s Got That Vibe?” in 27 seasons with her hit song “Let Me Go!” Since moving to Atlanta, Amanda has become an artist in the well-known Artist Development Bootcamp run by Domonique Mitchell. In 2015, she became part of a compilation album called “Can U Hear Me Now?” (J.Nance – Ace Entertainment/ Domonique Mitchell – E.D.E Music Group Orchard Sony Music) with her song “Let Me Go!” Learn more at

About Christie Maiola

Christie-MChristie Maiola, known as Sicilian Kiss, is a hip hop/rock/R&B artist from Buffalo, N.Y. After graduating high school, she obtained a degree in audio engineering from The Florida Institute of Recording and Sound Technology. Sicilian Kiss has performed in venues along the East Coast and live on multiple radio stations throughout the United States. Not only does she write her own lyrics, she also produces full production on her songs under Sicilian Kiss Productions. Sicilian Kiss has many influences including 1990’s female groups/artists TLC, Xscape, Missy Elliot and Eve.

In 2015, her song, “Drunk Words” featuring Amanda Phillips, became part of a compilation album, “Can U Hear Me Now?” (J. Nance – Ace Entertainment/Domonique Mitchell- E.D.E Music Group Orchard Sony Music). Sicilian Kiss continues to pursue her unique 90’s New York style and has officially brought it to the South. Learn more at


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— Carla Kucinski/GTCC